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STUDY 2003 PDF file 151Kb
'Most compelling evidence yet' that injecting rooms reduce overdose deaths
A review of all 19 drug consumption rooms in Germany commissioned by the Ministry of Health concluded that they had significantly contributed to reductions in drug-related deaths.
What happens when city authorities ask retail and service premises to host syringe disposal bins in their toilets? There were misgivings, but when the bins meant customers and staff could avoid discarded syringes, they were welcomed and retained, safely disposing of over 2000 syringes a month.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 180Kb
Environmental gains from injecting room
Reducing offence and alarm caused by public injecting and related litter is a key motivation for establishing supervised injecting facilities, but one rarely subject to scientific scrutiny. This Canadian study established that these benefits really can materialise.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 149Kb
Syringe sharing cut by two-thirds after injecting room opens
After showing that the safer injecting facility in Vancouver benefited the community by reducing public injecting and injection-related litter, researchers have now shown that it also safeguarded its users by cutting the number who shared syringes by two-thirds.
The safer injecting facility in Vancouver prevented overdose deaths but only in areas nearest the service, suggesting that often several facilities will be needed to make a city-wide impact.
Evidence that the supervised injecting centre which opened in 2001 in Sydney’s ‘red light’ district resulted in fewer opioid overdoses requiring an ambulance, relieving pressure on emergency services.
According to clients of this Danish drug consumption room, access to a safe injecting facility reduced their public injecting and unsafe syringe disposal.
REVIEW 2015 HTM file
Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence
The European Union’s drug misuse monitoring centre says the evidence contradicts concerns that facilities where drug users can more safely use illegal drugs might counterproductively encourage drug use, delay treatment entry, or aggravate problems arising from local drug markets; instead both the users and the community benefit.
MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Matrix cell A1: Interventions; Reducing harm
Seminal and key studies on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions such as needle exchanges.
HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Harm reduction: what’s it for?
‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Opposing agendas have led to a shifting balance between seeing harm-reduction as acceptable only in the service of the greater good of reducing or eliminating drug use, versus seeing it as the overriding objective, one which should never be sacrificed to an anti-drugs agenda.
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